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Hamas penetrates Israeli settlement messaging system in the West Bank

Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, yesterday penetrated the messaging system of the Benjamin settlement council near Ramallah, in central West Bank, and sent threatening message to the settlers, Israeli media revealed.

One message said: "To the Israeli public: your government claimed yesterday it had stopped firing but without agreeing to our conditions. It was believed that we will hurry to ceasefire, but what happened is the opposite. We retaliated and struck everywhere from Dimona in the south until Haifa in the north while you hid in your shelters like rats. We warn your government of the consequences if it does not agree to our terms, because the whole of Israel will remain a legitimate target for our fire. The Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam."

Following the arrival of the messages, some of the settlers replied using abusive insults and contacted the settlements' council which investigated the incident.

According to a statement released by the council, Hamas penetrated the messaging system and therefore the council has decided to stop the service while it counters the penetration, Israel's Channel 7 reported.

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